Life’s too short for boring cars

I’m Robert Pepper, a journalist specialising in 4X4s, sports cars, towing and camping. This is my professional site where you can find out more about what I do and check out some of my work – I make videos, write books, blogs and articles, and maintain an active Facebook page. Here’s my latest writings:

Microsoft Flight Simulator now has graphic rendering of the entire world...so I thought I'd fly it over a few 4x4
In May 2021 I was one of the first people outside of Toyota to drive the new Toyota MY2022 Landcruiser
For many years the remote-communications market has been satphones, messagers and HF radio. The satellite networks of Iridium, Thuraya, Inmarsat
Toyota has released pricing and more specs for the LC300: Here's the range and pricing, exclusive of on-road costs: GX:
Toyota Australia are releasing a special-edition LC70 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Landcruiser. It'll have a coil rear
Here's a few ideas for car people stuck in lockdown. Got any more?
Gigglepin are a well-known and widely respected maker of 4x4 equipment, especially winches. They have released a product called the
Caravan towing safety is becoming more and more of a problem; van makers consistently state weights which are lighter than

And more about what I do:


My YouTube Channel is where I create videos explaining how things work, techniques to use and plenty more. It’s a bit different to the average automotive channel. I don’t do hyped-up enthusiasm, insincere product promotions or gush about awesomeness. I also interview people with interesting things to say for my webinar series.


I’m proud of my Facebook page where a small but loyal group of people interested in my work discuss all sorts of related topics. It’s a tough crowd at times, so knowledgeable but fair.


I’ve written two calculators, one for towing weights and the other for tyre sizes.


I’ve written four books, and you can find more about each of them on this site:

The 4WD Handbook – a very comprehensive book on offroad vehicles, covering how they work and lots of different driving techniques.

The 4WD Glovebox Guide – designed as a field reference for offroaders on trips, covering key driving techniques and instructions such as tyre repair. The Glovebox Guide complements the 4WD Handbook which is more detailed.

4WD Treks Close to Melbourne – describes twenty offroad trips accessible to all levels of driver and vehicle, each of which is less than two hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

GPS Vehicle Navigation in Australia a specialised offroad navigation book.